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Takayama Showa Museum, Takayama

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Where to stay in Takayama

Look along the banks of the river running north-south through Takayama for arguably the town's best accommodations. Traditional ryokan (guesthouses) with onsite onsen (traditional Japanese spas) occupy scenic positions across this central area, displaying fine carpentry skills of the locals and the distinctive architectural style they developed over the years. West of this area, you'll find a number of basic ryokan, with a decent selection of side-street hostels and standard hotels around the train station.
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  • Japan is a country of high contrasts and this museum is perfectly located in the sedate, historic town of Takayama. It is truly hands on and a great place to see the natives [at least the teenagers] l...  more »
  • Nice place . Went inside the store and found out there is a museum inside . Not big - it will not take more that 30 min of anyone's time but a lot of interesting things to see that would take you back...  more »
  • Accidentally came across the museum whilst working the streets of the old town in Takayama. So many wonderful artifacts cicra 1950. It is a treasure trove of collectable items and some items would be ...  more »
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  • An awesome place to spend an or so, wandering the old city streets. Each of the themed rooms are full of interesting things you can see and touch. Upstairs you play their Super Nintendo games and try on kimonos for free.
  • Pleasingly interesting place filled with Japanese oldies. A bit pricey for the size hence the 4 stars. It's a good option to consider when on a short day trip or when it rains.
  • Really interesting museum and a good place to pass time. I was in Takayama for one day and this museum fit perfectly into my day activities list. It's a bit pricey therefore the 4 stars but the contents of the museum are cool and interesting.
  • This museum is a wealth of information, memorabilia & collectables that rivals Antiques Roadshow. Room upon room stacked with items from Japanese everyday life in the past. So glad to find it and stayed for 4hrs. This is one Takayama site not to be missed.
  • Little local labor of love, packed with memorabilia displayed in vignette rooms dressed as typical spaces you would have encountered in daily life during the Showa era, 1926-1989 (the years of emperor Hirohito's reign). Items displayed skew heavily toward the 60s to 80s. There is a small English-language pamphlet guide which provides some context, but otherwise you'll simply wander through and interpret the packrat displays as best you can. Some items need no explanation; see photos. 😉